Judge agrees to 12 years in jail for Jarrettsville child pornographer

August 05, 2011|By AEGIS STAFF REPORT

A federal judge Friday accepted an earlier sentence deal that will send a Jarrettsville man to prison for 12 years for possessing child pornography that police said included at least 186 videos and more than 650 photographs of numerous naked children and women who were in their homes and unaware they were being filmed.

Prosecutors had charged David Earl Jones, 43, with several counts of possessing and manufacturing child pornography. Investigators said some of the images were stored on Jones' work computer at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, where he was a civilian employee.

Friday in Baltimore Federal District Court, Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Jones, to 12 years in prison followed by supervised release for life, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for Maryland.

Blake also ordered that upon his release from prison, Jones must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

Friday's sentence is consistent with what prosecutors said they would recommend when Jones pleaded guilty to the two possession of child pornography counts on May 11.

Police in Harford County originally arrested Jones in April 2010 on charges of child pornography and sex abuse of a minor. At the time, his address was in the 1300 block of Chrome Hill Road in Jarrettsville.

The original state charges against him were later dismissed and he was charged with federal crimes because of the involvement of his work on federal property. Harford County's state's attorney said at the time that Jones would face more severe penalties in the federal criminal justice system than he would have in state courts.

According to Jones' earlier federal plea agreement, on April 15, 2010, the Harford County Sheriff's Office received an emergency call reporting that a man was seen looking through a window of a residence and taking pictures of a 15-year old girl who was fully undressed in her bedroom.

Police arrived at the scene and, after a brief foot pursuit, arrested Jones. While in custody, Jones was allowed to make a telephone call and was overheard instructing an individual to delete his Facebook account from the computer.

A search warrant was executed at Jones' workplace and residence. Computers, CDs and DVDs were recovered from both locations, police said. Three of the compact discs contained 186 videos and 650 photographs of numerous, naked children and women, all in their homes and unaware that they were being filmed.

At least seven minor victims and one adult female victim have been identified from the images that Jones produced. Prosecutors said previously that several additional victims couldn't be identified because Jones did not film their faces.

Prosecutors also said all of the identified minor victims attended the same school, and Jones had what appeared to be yearbook photographs of some of these victims on his computer as well. Jones recorded his victims on different dates, sometimes over a period of several years. The school in question was not identified.

One of the victims was a child whom Jones videotaped over a period when she was approximately 13 to 17 years old. Jones took at least 61 video images and 156 photographs of the girl, all of which were recovered from a compact disc in Jones' workplace. Jones would hide in order to film the child in various states of undress, prosecutors said.

Another image recovered from Jones' computer media was a video of a 16-year old girl who, in 2008, filed a police report notifying authorities that she saw a flash outside of her bedroom window and believed that she was being filmed.

According to the news release Friday from the office of Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, the Jones case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

Rosenstein also commended the FBI, the Harford County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police for their work in the investigation and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Judson T. Mihok and Rachel M. Yasser, who prosecuted the case.

Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Details about Maryland's program are available at http://www.justice.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.

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